The U.S. State Department transfers some security contracts in Iraq
Xe (formerly Blackwater) to Triple Canopy, a Virginia-based firm.
The bodies of two gay men were found in a Baghdad slum. Human-rights
groups report that fundamentalist Muslim militias are targeting gays in Iraq.
President Barack Obama seeks $83.4 billion in war funding for Iraq and
National Public Radio reports that recent drops in oil prices have left Iraq
short on cash, causing a rise in unemployment.
Baghdad’s protected “green zone” was shelled for the first time in three
A secret Iraqi government tally reports 87,215 Iraqis killed in violence
The death toll from two Baghdad suicide bombings rises to more than
U.S. secretary of defense says the recent bombings in Iraq are the result
of Al Qaeda attempting to spark further unrest in Iraq.
Sources: U.S. Department of Defense, Iraq Coalition Casualties, Iraq Body Count, ABC
News, The Associated Press, The New York Times, USA Today, BBC, MSNBC, National Public
Radio, Reuters, The Washington Post, Voice of America News.